Saturday, 25 September 2010

Review: Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Volumising Mascara

Disclosure: PR sample

Lashes so big when you blink the earth quakes.
Lashes so full of volume they brush up against your neighbour

With promises like that, Bare Escentuals new mascara, Flawless Definition Volumising Mascara, has a lot to live up to.  I love a good volumising mascara: with my thin, spindly lashes, I always go for volume over length. 

So, aside from earth quakes and neighbourly fondling, what does this latest mascara promise?  Definition, as is obvious from the very wordy name, and also softness - Bare Escentuals promise that due to the inclusion of minerals, antioxidants and extracts, the lashes will be left soft and fluttery instead of brittle with product.

The photos above show you the extent of the volumising, and it is indeed impressive.  This is two coats - and while the large brush does take some careful wielding to ensure a perfectly defined, clump free application, the end results are definitely fulfilling my volumising expectations.  The promised softness and flutteriness was definitely there; my lashes didn't feel brittle at all.

The mascara lasted pretty well - at the end of a twelve hour day, I saw a few flakes underneath my eyes, but nothing major.  Although the pigmentation is plenty black and deep, I also have no trouble getting this mascara off my lashes, and one pass with my cleansing oil was enough to remove it completely, which is a definite bonus.

All in all, this is a good volumising mascara - worth trying if you particularly like having soft lashes, or can't stand brittleness.  If you don't like large brushes, though, this is best avoided - having been away from big brush mascaras for a while, I did find the brush a little on the unwieldy side!  

If you'd like to try this for yourself, you can get it from Bare Escentuals stockists and at the Bare Escentuals site from October, and it will cost you £15.  And don't worry - you won't really be generating earthquakes!

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